Working Group Formed – February 2011
In February of 2011, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the State of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, and the Louisiana Economic Development Department forms a working group and begin to shape the early organizational model with the support of Senator Mary Landrieu and her staff, kicking off Phase I: Researching the Business Model.
501c3 Entity Created – March 2011
In March of 2011, corporate papers are filed creating a 501c3 entity (501c3 status will be approved in September 2011), which will later be renamed The Water Institute of the Gulf.
Phase I Report: Researching the Business Model Released – June 2011
In June of 2011, the Phase I Report: Researching the Business Model is released. The report is based on best practices research and numerous interviews, surveys and meetings to gather informed input from scientists, engineers, consultants and industry partners, universities, research institutes, and local, regional, and federal agencies. Link to Phase I Report: Researching the Business Model.
Phase II Commences – July 2011
In July of 2011, Phase II: Building The Water Institute of the Gulf commences. Phase II focuses on developing a business plan and organizational model, recruiting board members, staffing, and defining a program of work.
Board of Directors Named – First Quarter 2012
The Water Institute of the Gulf officially names the members of the Board of Directors and a President/CEO in the first quarter of 2012. A plan for scientific studies in the gulf coastal region is initiated with the help of leading scientists around the nation.
National Search for a President/CEO Commences– January 2012
In January of 2012, The Water Institute of the Gulf initiates a national search for a President/CEO who will be selected by the independent governing Board of Directors.